Double Chocolate Cherry Coconut Brownies

Sometimes you just need chocolate.

Or double chocolate.

All the chocolate.

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This recipe was adapted from Nutritionist in the Kitch. If you haven’t checked out her site, head over there! I love her recipes! :-)

I made these brownies for my SPIN classes as a healthy treat- everyone agrees that they are a fudge-like texture and you can’t tell they are healthy! Even my husband, the bean-hater, loves them. I had to fend him off so they made it to spin. The protein in them makes a perfect post workout snack too.

The recipe is simple. I throw all the ingredients, minus the egg, in the blender.

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Blend the ingredients until they are smooth. Toss the egg in the batter and give the blender a few pulses.

Pour the batter into an 8 x 8 inch greased square pan.

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Top with chocolate chips, dried cherries, and coconut flakes.

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Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until the brownies look dry on top.

MMMHMMM enjoy these warm or cold.

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What are your favorite brownie toppings?

Healthy Fruit Pizza- Easter Edition

I love fruit pizza. LOVE. I’ve loved it since I was a kid.

The problem- it’s not exactly healthy. A sugar cookie. Topped with cream cheese and sugar. Then comes the fruit, drenched in more sugar. The problem- SUGAR. Mostly all refined. If you ask me, sugar is the reason for the obesity crisis in America and not fat. But more on that at another time…

Back to fruit pizza- now that I am gluten free as well as more conscious about what I eat, I wanted an alternative that was pretty much guilt free and more nutritious for my body, but still yummy.

First the cookie:

Healthy GF Amaretto Cookie

½ cup of Old-Fashioned Oats

½ cup of Almond Flour

½ cup of Cashew Flour

½ t Baking Powder

½ t Sea Salt

1/2 {heaping} t of Baking Soda

¼ cup Real Maple Syrup

3 t of Amaretto

1 t of Vanilla Extract

1 ½ T Milk (can substitute milk of choice)

1/3 cup Coconut Oil (melted)

 

Pre-heat oven to 350. Combine dry ingredients together. Mix wet ingredients into the dry. Mixture will be fairly wet. Spoon onto parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Bake 9-11 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool completely. Cookie will be fragile.

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Then the topping:

1 Container of 2x the protein Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened

Enough maple syrup to make a spreadable mixture, about 1-2 T.

1 t Vanilla Extract

Mix these ingredients together and then spread on the pizza VERY CAREFULLY!

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Then add fruit, preferably fresh fruit.

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Have a safe, HEALTHY, and fun Easter!! Try not to eat too much candy 😉 But there will be a workout Monday to combat all those chocolate eggs just in case!